Kyoko Okumoto

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Kyoko Okumoto

Kyoko Okumoto

Dr. Kyoko Okumoto is a professor of Peace Studies, Conflict Transformation, and the Arts-based Approach in Peacework at Osaka Jogakuin University, a women’s university in Osaka, Japan. Her research fields are conflict transformation, nonviolent intervention, facilitation, mediation and the Arts-based Approach using drama etc. She facilitates numerous peace training workshops at various places at all levels; from schools to universities, and from academic conferences to civil society groups.

With NGOs such as Northeast Asia Regional Peacebuilding Institute (NAPRI, chairperson), Transcend-Japan (vice president), Transcend-International (regional convener), Nonviolent Peaceforce-Japan (board member), and ACTION-Asia (leader) and Global, Kyoko tries to explore ways to connect with other Asian – Northeast, Southeast and South Asian – communities and beyond to build more peaceful societies where people can have creative dialogues among themselves and with their neighbors and communities. Kyoko holds a PhD and a MA in the Arts and Literature from Kobe College Graduate School of Letters in Japan and a MA in Peace Studies from Lancaster University in the UK.


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